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“Dan Carpenter’s forays into the fractal hyperspace and hive minds of the DXM realms offer a serious contribution to contemporary psychedelic thought. His work follows in the tradition of inner-space investigators such as Coleridge, Antonin Artaud, Aldous Huxley, and Terence McKenna. This will be a ‘must-read’ for every serious psychonaut.” (Daniel Pinchbeck, author of Breaking Open the Head)

“Like that of the intrepid scout who surveys the fantastical geography of new worlds for others too timid to venture first, Carpenter’s service will be honored and remembered.” (Charles Hayes, author of Tripping: An Anthology of True-Life Psychedelic Adventures)

“Whether or not what he describes has an ontologically distinct existence, or if the imagery is merely psychological apparitions, the project remains valuable. Not only does it provide pharmacography with a uniquely imaginal dimension, it relates to the reader a landscape that can be explored by anyone.” (Psychedelic Press UK, October 2012)

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ENTHEOGENS / PSYCHOLOGY

“Dan Carpenter’s forays into the fractal hyperspace and hive minds of the DXM realms offer a serious contribution to contemporary psychedelic thought. His work follows in the tradition of inner-space investigators such as Coleridge, Antonin Artaud, Aldous Huxley, and Terence McKenna. This will be a ‘must-read’ for every serious psychonaut.”
--Daniel Pinchbeck, author of Breaking Open the Head: A Psychedelic Journey into the Heart of Contemporary Shamanism

“Like that of the intrepid scout who surveys the fantastical geography of new worlds for others too timid to venture first, Carpenter’s service will be honored and remembered.”
--Charles Hayes, author of Tripping: An Anthology of True-Life Psychedelic Adventures

Journeying into the invisible world revealed by his use of the dissociative psychedelic DXM (dextromethorphan), Dan Carpenter found that what he experienced was not simply subjective sensations and psychological states but an objective world of familiar if inordinately odd landmarks and characters. The running diary he kept of these voyages recounts impressions of a landscape charted by other travelers into this inner space and includes descriptions of many of the same phenomena recorded by such mind travelers as Terence and Dennis McKenna, Alexander and Ann Shulgin, and others who have experienced the Hive Mind--the pool of all consciousness. Into this territory where expression is like chaos theory, where oddly symmetrical order manifests out of the seemingly anarchic swirl of images and events, the author ventures with the mind-set of a naturalist, accepting whatever might be rather than what he hopes he might find. What emerges is not a location crafted by subjective experience, but a landscape that embodies the Other and that represents a conscious state in which the barriers between the self and the not-self dissolve.

DAN CARPENTER (1963-2005) took thirteen high-dose, closed-eye trips using DXM between January 2003 and July 2004, which he has documented in this book.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Park Street Press (February 14, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1594770905
  • ISBN-13: 978-1594770906
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,296,016 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I would like it to be known to two other reviewers who stated in effect that Dan Carpenter's title to his book was inappropiate, that Dan did not give his book the title "A Psychonaut's Guide to the Invisible Landscape". He had chosen either "Psychedelic Passageways" or "The Psychedelic Explorer". The publisher chose the title after Dan's death and shortly before the book went to print. I feel that this should be told to those two reviewers and to anyone who reads the reviews. It's only fair to let that fact be known since Dan is not here to say that himself.
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I loved this book! For people who enjoy reading about heroic psychedelic adventures--and the mapping of uncharted hallucinogenic territory--this is a must read! Dan Carpenter follows bravely in the tradition of courageous mind explorers, like John Lilly, Terence McKenna, Zoe 7, and D.M. Turner. I couldn't put this book down. It's simply overflowing with fascinating ideas and mind-blowing firsthand accounts of amazing encounters with intelligent other-dimensional beings. Sadly, Dan has left this world (perhaps to enter the "Hive Mind" that he writes about), but thank the stars that he left us this extraordinary account of his travels and insights. Dan Carpenter will be honored by future generations for his brave explorations and excellent writing.
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I actually love this book. I relate so closely to his experiences and I'm irritated that kids are giving this mind-opening drug a bad name and refer to it as sizzurp, lean, robotripping...there are so many applications of this drug and honestly use it for meditation, introspection and shamanism. The author writes pretty well to boot.
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The title of this book is misleading. It should have been titled "My DXM Experience" or some such. The word "guide" suggest that there would be recommendations. Given the extremely subjective nature of the psychedelic experience, any attempt to "guide" another psychonaut is pretty futile IMHO. I give the book three stars because the author does posit some interesting theories about consciousness. I would recommend buying the book used, or try finding it in your local library like I did.
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I got this book and do not agree with any of the following statements that Daniel Pinchbeck made about it;

"offer a serious contribution to contemporary psychedelic thought", "His work follows in the tradition of inner-space investigators such as..." & "This will be a `must-read' for every serious psychonaut.". I would love to hear how Daniel managed to reach those conclusions.

I think the title is misleading as well, this book is not a companion work of the "Invisible Landscape" by T&D McKenna.

So if the content of this book is not on par with the classics what is it? Basically each chapter is the recollection of 13 separate trips on DXM (cough syrup?).

These recollections were not satisfactory in my mind, I did not experience the passion that might have resulted in the author having written this book.

So far my experience of books that people have penned on this subject has been good, perhaps because they took the effort to make their experiences relevant in some greater context, or because the experiencing was incidental and the emphasis of the effort was on the greater context?

I hope future attempts at similar efforts are a bit more inspiring.
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